Sunrise FM is visual radio. You flip through the channels on your way from one modus operandi to the next, from private to public and back again. It’s American radio; pop songs, commercials, talk radio, country music, metal, classic rock, oldies, call-ins, jazz, news – real and fake - preachers and politicians.
Sunrise FM is an exhibition of new works on canvas and paper by the formerly New York based, celebrated and prolific multidisciplinary artist B. Thom Stevenson, now a resident of Worcester, MA, or more specifically a sleepy town on its outskirts Sutton, population 9.000. Sunrise FM is transformation and transcendence. Engaging, infiltrating and distorting contemporary culture, Stevenson’s work does not segregate high and low but reveal their co-dependence. Jim Henson, Pablo Picasso, Star Trek, Woody Guthrie, Max Ernst, Anime, Henri Matisse, Cormack McCarthy, Sesame Street, punk flyers, Henri Moore, comic books, religious doomsday pamphlets and various source material enrich and inform each other. Counter- and over-the-counter culture side by side. Dandelion: Movement for a New Society (1973-83) activist newsletters are symbolized in Stevenson’s works by various renditions of dandelions paired with Picasso bootlegs, Kermit the Frog and a little recurring red devil named Eric. Sunrise FM is creative cycles. Drawn, xeroxed, painted, photographed, xeroxed, screen-printed, painted, drawn. Stevenson revisits his motifs repeatedly in various media, altering, disfiguring and detouring the composition. His process is meticulously planned and deftly improvised. Sunrise FM is an immersive trip comprised of poetic and poignant works with an accompanying mesmerizing soundscape arranged by the artist. The result is an accomplished, genuinely original, and curious exhibition - subtly subversive and revitalizing.